The big question:
•    How do communities of practice function and what is their effect in terms of memory & organizations?

We will choose one ‘reference case’ that we will attend to as our thinking progresses during the Dialog.

Initial questions about domain:
•    What are our practices for keeping track of memory and learning in communities of practice? What do we forget?  When do our practices fail us?
•    Similarly for claiming a role in the world, do we claim our contribution properly? Do we disguise it? Forget it?

Initial questions about practice:

•    Through what relationships do we discover new skills and share what we know? How do we reinvent our view of the world for each other? How do we coach each other (before, on the spot and afterwards, at a distance)?
•    What traces are we leaving for our work on communities of practice?  What technologies and practices are there for supporting these traces? How do we get people to sponsors us in our practice?
•    What is the nature of rigor in our relationships of sense making about our practice?  How do we formalise the reputation that comes with our expertise?  How do we live and engage with  the ambiguities in our practice?

Initial questions about community:
•    Who is here? Who is not here?  Why?
•    What does that say about how we’ve spoken about our learning in previous interactions? What relationships have we sustained and what relationships have fallen away? Is there tolerance of the ambiguity of being a peripheral participant?

Included in the event:
•    Daily plenary dialog sessions
•    In-depth case presentations
•    Small groups discussions that explore specific subjects (some agreed-upon in advance; others to be negotiated on-the-spot)
•    A systematic and disciplined summarisation process to build up memory while at the same time being reflexive about our dialog
•    Eating and living together in one setting (probably some time set aside for sleep)
•    Online preparations & teleconferences as well as online collaboration after the event
•    Experimenting with “new” technologies for our memories such as podcasting and wikis
•    A balance between planned content & format and some improvisation
•    Muckabout outings (e.g., contact with a Reggio Emilia school, visits to a kindergarten, factory or hospital where we can observe, relax and spark our thinking)
•    Light facilitation: listening to our listening and reflecting on our forgetting
•    Publication of the story of the event

Leads to:
•    Presenting discussion results to CIRN conference attendees in the attached CIRN workshop
•    Structuring & facilitating CIRN conference attendees’ input and the weaving together of two conference events and of online & offline modes of collaboration
•    Preparing a joint deeper inquiry on prioritized issues of the dialogue / the CIRN conference with a focus on memory and not forgetting what is in it for every one of us and our communities
•    Long-term collaboration

What we need:
•    Your suggestions for sub-themes that we could use for organizing our inquiry;
So far a  range of possible subtopics, ranging from learning fixed gender roles in kindergarten to identity in the Ku Klux Klan have been proposed
•    Your help or suggestions for raising the funds necessary (for the event itself and for the follow-on activities)
•    Your help or suggestions in creating the Muckabout outings.


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